Award flags up quality of another park
AN EIGHTH park in Bristol has won a prestigious green flag award.
The latest open space to be recognised for its quality is St Andrew's Park.
The green flag award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.
It aims to encourage local authorities to achieve high environmental standards, creating a "benchmark of excellence" in recreational green areas.
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Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their green flag status for each site.
Chairman of Friends of St Andrew's Park John Mayne said: "This is excellent news. The quality of St Andrew's Park has long been recognised by local residents and now by the Green Flag assessors.
"The Friends will continue to work with others to ensure the park flourishes and improves in line with the clear agreed action plan."
In 2010 Bristol City Council received the award for Ashton Court and Blaise Castle Estates, The Downs, Netham Park, St Paul's Park, Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve and Queen Square.
This year it has been advised that the seven sites will retain award status and this will also be given to St Andrews Park.
Councillor Gary Hopkins said: "Bristol City Council is committed to ensuring that people have access to good quality parks and green spaces of different types, close to where they live.
"I'm delighted that this year another green space in Bristol has received recognition for its high standards. St Andrew's Park is a much-loved and a much-used traditional park with a very active community support group.
"The award of a green flag is a tribute to all the hard work that has been put in by many people at the council working in partnership with the community.
"Our ambition is to maintain all of these parks at this standard and to achieve green flag status for several more parks next year."